Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) Funded Abuse of Nigerian Orphans

By | April 24, 2017

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When I think of Evangelicalism today suffice it to say that my head is not filled with pleasant thoughts. I could write a litany of detailed corruption amongst the celebrity leadership, and in fact I initially did so, but instead of rehashing the many negative stories I chose to delete a few hours of work, assuming that my readers will not contest the fact that American Evangelicalism is a ship that is badly listing.

I want to instead highlight Reformation Baptist Church, a small church in Youngsville, NC that has reassured me that there are still some local churches that are fighting the good fight. What this church has done in researching the corruption in Nigeria VOM is amazing and quite commendable.

I received the following email two days ago:

Hello Todd,
 
I am writing to you, because I am hoping you will be able to help us expose this evil situation that is going on in Nigeria. A group visiting there for ministry from our church was told of a very sad situation where the girls in an orphanage that Voice of the Martyrs runs in Nigeria (the Stephens Center) were being abused by their staff. 
 
The director: Isaac Newton, has habitually abused the girls, and then has taken them to have their babies aborted, and one of the girls has even had to have her womb removed.
 
Other than the sexual abuse that goes on, the children are not fed or provided for adequately – and VOM has advertised this Orphanage and raised money for it!
 
Isaac Newton is now trying to cover up and discredit us, so that he can continue in his wicked ways. He has threatened the girls he has abused not to speak up, and also his former employees who blew the whistle on him.
 
We’ve spent the last year fighting to get justice for these girls and to get VOM to stop the evil and make sure it never happens again. We have been in lengthy contact with members from them, sending all the board members the video well before we released it last week. We contacted Richard Wurmbrand, the founder’s son, (Editors note: they actually contacted Michael Wurmbrand, Richard’s son.) and he has told us that VOM is fully corrupt and will not deal with it.
 
So far he seems to be right, they have shown themselves to be more interested in covering up the scandal than doing the right thing. They told us they defunded him, but then gave him $100,000 worth of property and materials. So now we’re trying to shine the light of truth on this darkness. Would you help us by making this video more available to the public and asking people to sign the petition that we’ve created,  calling VOM to do an outside investigation, and be open about what went on there? 
 
 
We have put together a video and website   persecutingthepersecuted.com
Thank you very much,
 
Andrea Horn from Reformation Baptist Church 

Isaac Newton, VOM leader in Nigeria charged with raping many girls entrusted to his care.

Prior to getting into the important issues that the Reformation Baptist Church has raised, I believe it would be helpful to review the Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) organizaton.

“The Voice of the Martyrs was founded in 1967 by Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian Lutheran/Anglican pastor, who had worked with the underground church in Romania after it was taken over by the USSR in 1944.  As a consequence, he was imprisoned for 14 years for preaching Christianity but was eventually freed to the west after a ransom was paid for his release.

In 1966, Wurmbrand testified before the Internal Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate about the treatment that Christians received under Communist governments, raising worldwide interest in Christian persecution, and through his influence several missions were founded around the world to help support Christians who suffered under Communist persecution. After the fall of communism in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, these missions expanded their focus to include those suffering religious persecution in Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist societies.

In April 2012 the executive director of VOM-USA, Walter Thomas “Tom” White, committed suicide after a Bartlesville police investigation opened with him as a suspect for child sexual abuse of a ten-year-old female. On March 14, 2014, the son of the founder and longstanding employee of the ministry, Michael Wurmbrand of Torrance, California, called for an independent commission to fully investigate the matter within the nonprofit over a period of years as Thomas R. Holland, the police chief was a board member as well as other financial related matters involving the construction of a $28M headquarters building and concerns over a vice president who was an embezzlement felon. All allegations relate only to VOM-USA and are unrelated to other VOM missions worldwide.”
-Wikipedia

Below is an excerpt from an article on Tom White’s suicide, found in Christianity Today.

AN OPEN LETTER CONCERNING “THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS”

Dear Friend:

Those who read my website know that I am very fond of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand and his wife Sabina.  My wife and I knew them quite well.  They spoke in our church many times.  I can vouch for Pastor Wurmbrand’s absolute integrity.  But we have received disturbing news from Pastor Wurmbrand’s son Michael concerning “The Voice of the Martyrs,” located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  I am advising our church not to send any more donations to “The Voice of the Martyrs” until they clear up the questions raised by Michael Wurmbrand.  Michael is a 75-year-old man.  He is very serious and he is concerned about his father’s and mother’s names being used to raise money that he says is not going to the persecuted peoples of the world, but is rather being misused by “The Voice of the Martyrs.”  Please click here to read Michael Wurmbrand’s accusation against “The Voice of the Martyrs.”  I wish I didn’t have to report this to you, but I feel compelled to as a friend of the late Pastor Richard Wurmbrand.  You can contact Michael Wurmbrand after 6:00 PM by phoning him at (310)544-0814. Or you can email him at wurmbrandm@yahoo.com.

Yours in Jesus’ Name,

Pastor R. L. Hymers, Jr.
D.Min., Th.D., Litt.D.
Philippians 4:13

 

“After I brought all of these facts to light, I was asked also to keep quiet, not to rock the boat. Before being laid off I was offered substantial contractual financial incentives not to “badmouth” VOM. Some of the organizations endorsing Voice of the Martyrs have interrelated employees and interests. When I approached them, they were shy and sore afraid for their own interests to insist my letter be answered. Some pathetic answers like: “Do not cast the first stone,” “king Solomon made mistakes ,” “we might also sin” or “promise to keep correspondence private only” displayed the hypocrisy to protect the flow of donations rather than any interest in protecting possible children victims! Some answers were outright sarcastic, as if my requesting a proper investigation regarding suspected pedophilia among “Christian missionaries” would be some joke.”
-Michael Wurmbrand, son of the founder of “The Voice of the Martyrs,” Richard Wurmbrand.

 

 

The Reformation Baptist Church, through circumstances described in the video below, became aware of  gross mismanagement of funds in the Voice of Martyrs Nigeria. Most of the money came from Voice of Martyrs in America. In addition the church was also made aware of terrible abuse occuring at an orphanage in Abeokuta, Nigeria. This orphanage is called Stephen Centre and was run by Isaac Newton,  head man of VOM in Nigeria.

 

I would urge you to watch the video below.  It is about 45 minutes in length. The Reformation Baptist Church did an outstanding job of researching and producing this;  it will definitely awaken a righteous anger in you.  Once you have watched it you will want to sign the petition. I suggest you will also want to cease contributing to VOM.  As Michael Wurmbrand stated, they are fully corrupt.

 

Take action – sign the petition here.

 

Below is a short, four minute excerpt from the video.

 

 

 

 

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30 thoughts on “Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) Funded Abuse of Nigerian Orphans

  1. Peyi Airewele

    In my last long post, I mistakenly said “Christians caught philandering in the US, Europe, Nigeria or any other region have actually boasted of those acts.”. I meant to type “Christians caught philandering in the US, Europe, Nigeria or any other region do NOT or hardly ever actually boast of those acts.”

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  2. Peyi Airewele

    I’m deeply troubled and perplexed by the charges in this video. I’m a professor in a university upstate NY and a long term donor to VOM causes. I teach on trauma, recovery, healing and reconciliation. After the Boko Haram crisis broke out, I’ve visited this orphanage three times without notice, met and played with the children, chatted with the girls and young men, helped ship dozens of cartons of children’s books, toys and materials (funded by my church in upstate NY) for the library at this home. There I met 3 of the young girls rescued from the Chibok crisis and taken 6 graduate students along to meet and act as big sisters to the children. I’ve been in their dormitories and met the kitchen staff.
    Our fellow church in Maryland has also been there several times and helped build the new kitchen (as they were cooking outdoors up to 2016). I correspond personally via email and phone messages with several of the young people in Stephen’s home- they tell me about their progress through high school and now some of them have gone through college because of the Director’s impassioned push for them to be successful.
    He raises support for them and they might be the only orphanage in Nigeria with several students in college and heading to do a Masters degree. I am presently helping arrange a college trip to my university for some of these graduates of Stephen’s home. When I visited in 2016, I was amused and laughing as some of the young men regaled me with tales of local and foreign donors who get upset because they look well taken care off, of a governor who sent goods to them and after the photo-op, the driver loaded the food back in the van and drove off.
    I have 3 children of my own here in the USA – 2 in college and one post college, and I scan the children’s faces carefully when I go, listen to their tales and laughter and have private meetings with the girls, to see how they are recovering from trauma. More than my reputation is at stake, their lives depend on how seriously the church cares. So yes, I would be shaken if indeed these charges were true.
    I look forward to a thorough investigation – but of both the accuser and the accused.
    I am deeply troubled by two things at least:
    First, it is problematic that Dan Horn and his son have NEVER visited this orphanage in Abeokuta and thus base their video and charges on conversations with a couple of individuals accused of corruption by the board and in a state far away from the orphanage. I know for the fact and from experience that the orphanage is completely open to visitors. I rarely even inform them before visiting and thousands of people have simply turned up at their doors and are taken around, they get to meet and speak to the children, and even go to their classes or dormitories. Are Africans deserving of a lesser measure of justice than Americans? To accuse someone of these crimes without even having taken the basic step of visiting and meeting the students is abhorrent and ungodly. There should have been due diligence by the Horns- who enjoy the American liberty and protections of laws that ensure we are considered innocent until proven guilty. As a servant of God, I intend to do due diligence and thoroughly investigate the allegations, but I will do that in the right way. I have met the children and staff and will be working with a broad representative team. To the Horns, I have to say, I cannot believe that men of goodwill will launch such a campaign against an orphanage without even taking the basic step of going to the location. What were you thinking of?
    Secondly: while I cannot speak to some of the charges by the folks in your video until I have had a chance to look more closely at the documentation on both sides, I can say that at least one of your respondents in the video told a blatant lie. The female figure who claimed the director Isaac Wusu said some girls had been living with him for many years and were now his wives and cooking for him was clearly delusional or a liar. Unlike you, the hundreds of Christians from overseas who have actually visited the center have met Mrs. Wusu- she is a lovely Christian lady, they live together in their very monogamous apartment with their cute little boys. When I visited with the grad students, she hosted our entire group to a lovely lunch – absolutely monogamous apartment with no girls or other wives. Indeed, her only hope was that someday they would have more hands and folks helping to reduce the burden. They welcomed and hoped to have genuine relief workers join the work. It is laughable, absurd and tragic to imagine that the Christian community in Nigeria is so bereft of the knowledge of Christian doctrine that a leader and reverend (Isaac Wusu is such) would actually calmly and publicly state that he has married the orphaned girls and has them cooking for him. This is the point where the Horns lost credibility in my eyes completely. All you had to do, sirs, was to take the trouble of a local flight, go to his home and the orphanage and check out the truth of what you had been told.
    He would be swiftly excommunicated from any of the churches. That you could believe that a Christian leader said this in Nigeria is evidence of the shamefully debased, imperialistic and patronizing attitude of American Christians who think they have the last word in doctrine. Christians caught philandering in the US, Europe, Nigeria or any other region have actually boasted of those acts. Please listen to the sermons of any of the Nigerian churches supporting the VOM ministry and Stephen’s home – they are all conservatively attached to the doctrine of monogamy. Of course, I am not claiming therefore that it is impossible that ministers fail and have undercover liaisons that contradict our faith, I am saying categorically that the Director was not married to any of the orphaned girls, they do not live in his home but in their dormitories and he lives alone with his wife and children and she would slay him if he even tried to dream of it. She is educated, beautiful and extremely modern. Mr. Horn should have immediately known his respondent was telling a lie the moment she said Rev Isaac Wusu casually informed her that he was married to several orphaned girls and living with them. I feel embarrassed on their behalf (the Horns) that they not only think Rev Isaac is a reprobate corrupt man but that he is also a fool, stupid enough to proclaim his filth. They obviously also think everyone else in the Nigerian and foreign Christian community, except for themselves, are also fools, fallen Christians and doctrinally incompetent believers, who will support a ministry where the program director enslaves, uses and marries orphaned kids. This is insulting! It seems to suggest that the problem we might be facing is not simply about the welfare of the children, but the arrogance, gullibility and incompetence of the Horns. If you wish to be a whistle blower, do it the right way- investigate properly, get off your little video and internet fantasy, get on ground, visit the location, get a direct sense of the children’s welfare and get your facts straight before seeking to win popularity and a followership.
    I am wondering, is this really about the Stephen’s home or is it a personal war with the VOM international?

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    1. JLC

      In my view, you have presented no facts or intelligent reasoning in your long, convoluted, and tedious rant that is full of personal attacks against everyone you disagree with.

      Contrary to what you think, people who seem to be good Christians are indeed capable of doing very bad things.

      VOM is a deeply financially corrupt organization irrespective of the credible allegations of abuse referenced in Nigeria in this article.

      If you choose to comment again, please review this blog’s comment policy and do so in a mindful, polite way.

      Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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    2. Joshua Horn

      I want to address a couple things in your comment.

      1. Your basic assumption is false. Dan Horn, my father, has visited the Stephen’s Center, in January 2014. Jeff Arnette has been several times. The video is based, in some part. on personal experience. We tried to arrange to interview Isaac Newton, but he refused, and continues to refuse, to answer our questions.

      2. If all that is said in the video is untrue, why did VOM USA cut off funding to the Stephen’s Center? While they claim they have no responsibility, and will not bring in independent investigators, they do confirm that there was mismanagement and poor conditions.

      3. It is wrong to assume that on a short visit to the Stephen’s Center you could learn Isaac Newton’s true character or even living situation. The orphanage is open to visitors, but that doesn’t mean that the those visits aren’t carefully orchestrated. It would obviously make sense that he would hide sins from visitors, and donors, who would find it repulsive. Of course he would say he is living monogamously with his wife. Based on interviews with people who were there, Isaac told the staff and children that they were not allowed to mention certain things to visitors. And because they did not want to lose their, or their family members place at the center, they didn’t.

      4. You seem to have misunderstood what the lady was saying about the girls being Isaac’s wives. She was not saying that he was legally married to multiple women, she was saying that Isaac was using the girl’s dorm as his harem. And her testimony is far from the only thing that our statements about where he lived were based on. Jeff Arnette saw he lived in his office when he was at the center, and Isaac even told him that he slept at his office because he was so busy. And just because he said certain things at certain times to certain people doesn’t mean that he was open with this to all visitors to the center, or churches in Nigeria and America. If he has done all these things, he is someone who has developed skills of deceit and intimidation for many years.

      5. You say that Isaac would be excommunicated by his church in Nigeria. Do you even know what church he is a member at? He is an ordained pastor, but our understanding is that his church was composed of those who lived at the Stephen’s Center, and he would have the students lead the service and not even do it himself. If this the case, and the allegations in the video are true, you must see that there would be many reasons why they wouldn’t excommunicate him.

      6. You say that you want to investigate these allegations. I expect that we will hear from you soon, as I assume that you will do this in a proper and biblical way, not just talking with one side. As the video says, all the testimony is not contained in the video and anyone that who wants to seriously look at this should see that too. We tried to talk with everyone that we could, whether or no they supported Isaac, and hope that you will do the same.

      Joshua Horn
      Member at Reformation Baptist Church

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      1. JLC

        Thank you for rebutting some of the criticisms the relevant commenter directed at you, Joshua.

        I’ll make a few short points of my own. There is no way that person can conduct a credible investigation into allegations of abuse because he/she has made clear that he/she personally knows some of the alleged perpetrators, and simply cannot believe they are guilty just because they appear to be good Christians.

        In other words, facts mean nothing to this person.

        The primary issue, to me, is the fact that VOM is refusing to conduct a serious investigations into serious allegations of child abuse.

        Instead, the organization is hiding behind statements crafted by lawyers trying to protect the organization from lawsuits and maligning the reported victims and anyone who advocates for them.

        Is anyone really going to argue that such behavior is Christian or ethical?

        Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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  3. Steven

    The VOM organization is a half century old this year.
    The founders and many workers in foreign missions have themselves been persecuted and put at extreme
    risk over many of the past 50 years. Individual VOM organizations are autonomous and represented in 67 countries. It is a mistake to take the ills and possible mismanagement of a couple of them and use this to destroy all the righteous work that many others have accomplished in Jesus name. The founding Wurmbrand family and all the VOM missionaries should not be scandalized by the sin of a few people.
    Yes, the sin and flaws of individuals if confirmed by actual facts, should be exposed and delt with in a corrective action. The victims should also be assisted and protected by any means available. It is deeply disturbing to see any corruption in any organization that exists to represent the ministry of Christ. What is worse is the improper reaction from the Christian community. The thousands of indigenous pastors and persecuted churches that rely on the ongoing efforts of VOM must also be considered. We must be wise about such matters and look at the bigger picture. To throw all VOM ministries throughout the world into the category of corruption could produce an even greater impact for evil then the initial sins committed by only a few. I know first hand of very recent progress missionaries affiliated with VOM have made with refugees in hot zones. These dedicated servants of God do not deserve the attacks from the misguided and the misinformed. Instead, the Christian community especially in the “free” world should obtain specifics and attempt to apply specifically to the individual source of the corruption. The comments I’ve seen on this site seem have leaned toward destruction and condemnation with an all or nothing manner toward the VOM ministry. The entire ministry should not be painted the same color as those who have been corrupted. We need to pray that the innocent are exonerated and the guilty are disciplined in order to see true healing and reconciliation. If my comments offend any of you, I have offered them with experience and reason. I must also state (since there may be some thinking I work for VOM), I am not affiliated with them. I have simply seen the good this oganization has done for many years. Even if you don’t agree with me, can I at least ask you to pray for those faithful servants that are not part of any corruption. Would you join me for Jesus sake to lift up in prayer all the good efforts made by VOM. Lastly would you consider a closer look at this issue as you pray. God’s peace be with you all.

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    1. Lydia

      Steven, this is exactly how evil works. It hurts totally innocent people and makes all degrees of victims. That is why it is so evil. It’s why it has to be exposed and justice done. You can try to tell people how to respond or even shame them but it often doesn’t work.

      And we have the issue that if an organization is that corrupt, it should probably be totally dissolved. A culture was created that is almost impossible to turn around even after being outed.

      I hope the people who are innocent are able to find other situations. In Christendom today, it’s hard to know who to trust. Money, power and ego have taken over many churches and para church organizations. I believe there is a definite spiritual call for more simplicity and less hierarchy in kingdom work.

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    2. JLC

      You’re welcome to your opinion, Steven, even though your broad attack comments seem like a form letter that doesn’t apply to the material on this site, which is specific and well researched.

      Further please don’t expect much sympathy from most people of integrity if you’re going to devote one line to saying you care about victims of sexual abuse, but 4 paragraphs to whining about how paid employees of a corrupt organizations are suffering.

      If VOM wants any sympathy from the public, it needs to own up to its crimes instead of maligning anyone who criticizes the organization.

      Thanks again for commenting. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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    3. Bill M

      “Lastly would you consider a closer look at this issue as you pray.”
      I am unable to take a closer look, VOM no longer submits a form 990 and now hides behind that wall of secrecy. Now should VOM hire an truly independent audit that would release a public report, and then tosses aside the religious exemption they obtained recently and start submitting to their donors a form 990, then I’ll take another look. Till then I view the organization with great suspicion and see their current stance as hunkering down till the storm blows over.

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  4. Christine

    This is not factual information and shoddy reporting. Once again in the name of “good Christians” satan is doing his work to cloud the minds of believers so they will stop funding those organizations who do Christ’s mission. Here is VOM’s official statement on this video. Perhaps contacting them and getting some facts would have helped this to not escalate to this level. http://www.persecution.com/public/newsroom.aspx?story_ID=%3d383533

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    1. 2samuel127 Post author

      Hi Christine,
      I am interested in knowing what your relationship with VOM is? Have you ever spoken with Michael Wurmbrand? Have you seen this web site? http://christ4ro.com/2014/02/18/6862/

      You may be interested in reading Wurmbrand’s comment which follows the article.

      I don’t appreciate your comment about shoddy reporting. I research my stories thoroughly prior to writing. If anyone is guilty of shoddiness that would be you. You throw up a link to what Janna has rightly characterized as a “vague, self-serving press release created by lawyers” and expect me to aquiesce to your belief that VOM is doing the Lord’s work? VOM raised nearly $55 million dollars in cash donations last year. It is obvious they have a vested interest in keeping the donations coming in. It is also obvious to me that something is rotten in Denmark.

      Sorry, but I believe the Reformation Baptist Church in North Carolina is doing the Lord’s work, I fully endorse the work they have done in exposing the corruption in VOM.

      Prior to labeling me and others who are working to expose the corruption in VOM as agents of Satan, you may want to take a closer, unbiased look at who you are donating your money to.

      I stand by my story.

      -Todd Wilhelm

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    2. Lydia

      Christine, considering what has transpired at VOM over the last few years why would anyone find what they say credible? That doesn’t make sense to me. They are the last place I would look foe “facts” as they actually hid “facts” well for so long.

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      1. JLC

        I agree, Lydia. I also have a question for Christine regarding an ethical issue she raised.

        Christine, you’ve suggested that publicly expressing an opinion about VOM’s actions, prior to talking with the organization directly, was wrong, a sin, Satanic, etc. etc.

        However, haven’t you made it clear that you think the reported victims of VOM are liars who are deliberately mischaracterizing VOM?

        If so, did you talk with those individuals directly prior to expressing negative opinions about them online?

        If not, why?

        Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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      1. 2samuel127 Post author

        Thanks for the update Joshua. I will make a new post containing this information.

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      2. JLC

        Thanks,Joshua. Given your source, it now seems obvious to me that VOM’s official statement likely contains many outright lies.

        However, of course, I encourage others to make their own determination about the evidence presented in this article and its comments section.

        Certainly, VOM has the right to rebut the allegations of covering up abuse that it faces presently.

        Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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    3. Mr. Jesperson

      I am a former worker and volunteer at VOM. I have known since the end of 2002 that something was very, very wrong there. Of all the facts I know and the actual people affected by having a relationship with this ORG that it is a bad tree bearing bad fruit. I know of nothing positive to report. I think it has turned into little more than a scam where the top people care nothing at all about the actual suffering of real live people. Indeed, they have contributed to the suffering of those who had the misfortune of being involved with them. Good trees do not have bad fruit on them. This tree went bad a long time ago back when it was still very small.

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  5. Debra

    I am shocked and horrified by this. Our family has supported VOM for years. We have gone to the headquarters when it was in the old building and cried throughout the whole tour to hear the stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters. We have shown video clips and brought materials when my husband has been a guest preacher at churches. When the news came out about Tom White I was sick for days, thinking about what he might have been doing on all those trips overseas for 20 years while everyone thought he was working for the Lord. Now Michael is speaking out, with suspicions it seems that the sexual abuse of children is widespread among VOM employees. There are no words. Employees of VOM USA fervently raising money to work in luxury conditions and to glut themselves with their demonic and lustful pursuit of perversion, while our brothers and sisters so desperately need money to live? It is unbelievable, I cannot wrap my mind around it all, and yet I believe every word. And Christians in America sacrifice to send money to VOM thinking they are a part of the Lord’s work. One of my dreams for years has been to work with VOM and speak on their behalf as does Darcie Gill. When my husband retired from the USAF and then graduated from seminary we sent a letter to VOM to see if we could serve in Bartlesville as short-term missionaries, which we had dreamed of since our tour 15 years before. The only “jobs” available at the time were in the mail room, and we decided not to. My husband applied for a job there as well. I was heartbroken when we didn’t go and he didn’t get the job. Now today I am thanking the Lord for watching out for us to keep us from participating any more than we have in such demonic activity. I cannot fathom any organization treating the founder’s son who has worked so selflessly and whole-heartedly in the despicable way they have. And yet I believe it is so. I know this is incredibly long, but I am just one of the many many thousands of nameless faceless donors and supporters of VOM who feel incredibly betrayed by an organization who we have given so much to in our small donor way. We would never have been lauded for our large contributions and taken on the private tours, wined and dined and courted if we ever toured the opulent new headquarters. But we are the ones, again nameless among many many thousands who have faithfully given month after month, year after year. VOM is under the control of Satan. Jesus Christ has been betrayed. The Wurmbrand family has been betrayed. Countless children I am absolutely sure have been abused and betrayed. And so have we, the little donors. Do I say May God have mercy on their souls? No. I do not.

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    1. 2samuel127 Post author

      Thanks for speaking from your heart Debra. I totally agree with your sentiments. When I was a child my mom faithfully sent small donations to VOM. Were she alive today I imagine she would respond in much the same manner as you.

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    2. Mr. Jesperson

      I guess I ended up taking things one step further than you did and, unfortunately, moved to Bartlesville and got involved with this organization. You have no idea what a blessing it is that you did not find jobs with them. It has been a curse and a shame for me. What a rude awakening to what Jesus really meant when He said that we cannot serve both God and Mammon. I now see the clear contradiction involved when Christians are professional full-time fundraisers raising Mammon for Christian Charity and Jesus. Greed is a very corrupting power in the heart. Money is a necessary evil, not a good to be celebrated.

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      1. JYJames

        Mr. Jesperson,

        Thanks for sharing your story publicly. Very brave and much appreciated.

        – JYJ

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  6. Lydia

    I must assume the Nigerian authorities won’t investigate? This is a horror!

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    1. 2samuel127 Post author

      I am not sure Lydia. Pastor Dan Horn asks the question “will VOM report Isaac to the Nigerian authorities?” You can hear this at the 3:20 mark of my audio recording. I am skeptical that these authorities would investigate even if Isaac were reported.

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        1. JLC

          Hi Christine, I’ve approved two of your comments even though this blog does not allow people to post statements based on nothing but personal attacks.

          Suggesting that the owner of this blog is possessed by Satan is not an intelligent or reasonable response to his aricle.

          Thanks for understanding. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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        2. JLC

          What you’ve linked to has no facts that can be verified, Christine.

          VOM has issued nothing but a vague, self-serving press release created by lawyers.

          Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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    2. JYJames

      Nigeria has many issues to deal with. Regarding a recent flight from Bujumbura to Lagos, one of my relatives was telling me that everyone else on the plane was a drug dealer, militia, or arms dealer.

      Moreover, as an American, what about the American authorities dealing with VOM at the HQ right in our own Bible Belt, and supported by our hard-working Americans Cut the cord of money flowing in, starve the fraud, right at the source.

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      1. JLC

        I agree, James.

        “Moreover, as an American, what about the American authorities dealing with VOM at the HQ right in our own Bible Belt, and supported by our hard-working Americans Cut the cord of money flowing in, starve the fraud, right at the source.”

        If a non-profit organization is using money for illicit or illegal activities that can be used as grounds for revoking its non-profit status, to my knowledge. Unfortunately, holding religious organizations accountable for covering up child sexual abuse and doing other awful things is hard for the I.R.S. to do, because people like Christine play the “religious persecution card” in a way that secular organizations cannot.

        Using one’s supposed religious beliefs as an excuse to commit heinous crimes is reprehensible, yet very common, in my experience with doing advocacy work regarding child sexual abuse.
        Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

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        1. JYJames

          “Using one’s supposed religious beliefs as an excuse to commit heinous crimes is reprehensible, yet very common, in my experience with doing advocacy work regarding child sexual abuse.”

          Thank God that TWW and TATM are putting the truth as a matter of record online so hopefully, Christians will stop supporting questionable “ministries”. The internet is an amazing tool.

          Your work is appreciated.

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